No let-up in HMRC football pursuits


News that Harry Redknapp and Milan Mandaric, former manager and owner of Portsmouth FC respectively, will face trial in January over allegations they attempted to defraud HM Revenue and Customs will cast a long shadow within the football business in what is shaping up to be a landmark year for the game’s relationship with tax authorities.

Unlike Rangers on-going HMRC case, which is a mere tribunal that will decide if a liability demand is valid, Radknapp and Mandaric face criminal charges.  Redknapp is one of England’s most popular sporting figures but no more so than former jockey, Lester Piggott, who received a three year jail sentence for tax evasion in 1987.

High profile wins, at Crown Court or a First Tier Tribunal, are likely to bring in more undeclared tax than a bus load of cartoon characters in bowler hats.

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  1. Big nan/fan a tic



    I am afraid the smaller /younger boys wearing the hoops,


    tend to get it louder from these neanderthals.


    These peepil would never ever take on anyone unless


    odds were in there favour.



    I tell a lie ,after a local derby ,myself and 3 friends


    3 off us over six feet and one midget 5’8″


    just about to head into our local(guess ) we were kind of confronted


    by 8-9 huns ,we laughed ,they shat it and walked on,(they are good at walking)

  2. Lionroars67



    I wasnt making any remark about you mate. It was a sun reporter I was talking about.

  3. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:22



    Thats a big question



    Impossible to answer for the truth in the hearts and minds of others who have had influence on my life



    O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us


    To see oursels as ithers see us!


    It wad frae mony a blunder free us,


    An’ foolish notion:


    What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us,


    An’ ev’n devotion!



    If i have suffered at the hands of sectarian or personal prejudice (ginger hair), i know it never defeated me

  4. THIS: Taken from today’s Sunday Mirror:



    Members of the Orange Order


    descended on Downing Street


    yesterday to express their


    opposition to lifting the


    ban on anyone in line to the


    throne marrying a Catholic.


    The DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson


    said “We believe this is part


    of a long – term plan to


    disestablish the Church of England


    by damaging link between the crown


    and the church.


    Sure you do!!!!!

  5. bamboo says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:39



    Sorry i wrongly suspected your barb was aimed at me

  6. lennon’s passion says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:29


    Big Nan says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:24



    Have you ever abused a hun for wearing a rangers top.At the football doesn’t count.



    Pitied them more like.

  7. The Battered Bunnet on




    The chaps who are doing the Movember thingumajig had better start slapping on the Phostrogen if they want to compete with the hirsute bear eater that is the new Gordon J.

  8. harryhoodsdugbitme on

    Kojo etc – Was that disnae or Disney? Recently I put up a post regarding my old uncle and his experiences with the British Army in WW2. I’m sure you’ll remember. I only post occasionally as I generally prefer to enjoy the posts of others. I described his funeral as humanitarian. You asked me what a humanitarian funeral was cos yer a smart erse and that’s whit ye are. De ye know whit a dolt is Kojo etc?? Away and bile yer heid CFC. HH.

  9. Kojo says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:29



    Let your penultimate post go by, but after bitin’ on the second fly I have one question for you:



    Should we all just go back to Ireland ?



    Takes a loy to rile me, so well done !

  10. Catholic guys (never mind the women!) = strange weed in the Scottish garden



    Could only come from a mind filled with manure.



    If someone had a little knowledge they would know that the Scotti tribe settled southwest Scotland from Ireland hundreds of years earlier. St Columba was an Irishman who migrated to Scotland and did quite well for himself and by legend St patrick came from Scotland as an immigrant to Ireland – another two alien weeds.



    Best moderated out!

  11. ThisisTheOne






    Ah am only endeavouring tae Gie ye a wee Keek.. intae



    “How tae Blankety Blank Up a Country”



    Room 101



    Multiculturism is the Tool.. by which the “One Worlders”



    Shall reach their Stated Goal



    Which is a Melding of All Peoples and CULTURES of the World






    One Homogenized Group of Peoples..



    Which that Group of One worlders.. shall Rule.




    Mebbe, the One worlders are correct..



    And , Eventually..





    Be content..






    Before, that Happens..






    Are we in fur a Loata GRIEF..





  12. lionroars67 says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:32


    ‘ernie lynch says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:02



    No surprise your personal dislikes get in the way of the truth



    As i recall relying on only one witness hearing John Wilson voicing sectarian words was criticised on here by posters from the legal profession’





    Your recollection is wrong.



    You don’t need corroboration to prove the aggravating aspect of a crime.



    And you’ve not only missed my point, in so doing, you’ve proved it.



    If the jury didn’t accept the assault was aggravated by religious sectarianism they could have deleted that aspect and convicted of straightforward assault.



    That’s what they did with the breach of the peace charge. So they knew thw option was available to them.

  13. gerald766 says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:42


    ‘The DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson


    said “We believe this is part


    of a long – term plan to


    disestablish the Church of England’




    I think he’s right. It will probably happen when the queen snuffs it. I suspect it was discussed in private during Pope Benny’s visit.

  14. Barrach Obampot on

    gallagher and MWD seeing a BBC reporter treated with such disdain was a thing of joy.



    I think Jeremy Vine would have preferred listening to Metal Machine Music.



    A great GIRFUY from our Lou.

  15. Paul67



    I can’t wait for Bain and rangers to be un court. The mud will be fairly flung around that day with the claim and counter claim. Read part of the fine detail of Whyte deal was he remained in place to keep an eye on the Whyte Knight, he had other ideas… HH

  16. lennon's passion on

    Whats this talk of going back to Ireland,do you know the price of diesel would cost me a fortune to get to work.

  17. The Battered Bunnet says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:33



    ‘As for the Celtic Symphony, it’s a piece of pure creation. Great stuff. Imagined. Conceived. Written down and beaten out. And wholly made up. All of it.’




    And there was me thinking it was a word for word account of real events.



    Thank’s for the heads up.

  18. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo says:


    13 November, 2011 at 18:59



    We just differ on what is presently taking place in Scotland



    I personally do not live in fear of sectarian violence



    I personally do not experience sectarian abuse on a daily basis



    I know the vast majority of Catholics presently living in Scotland have the same experiences as me

  19. lionroars67- From previous- Jeez that’s a hell of a number of players! When big Tony arrived he had Airdrie Utd fitness standard, he is looking much sharper now.


    Games last season were played on one of the other pitches, no fences in the way- personally I thought today was a terrible way to treat the families/fans of both teams who made the journey- not as if there is any risk of trouble!!



    Barach Obampot- The best interview was Clive Anderson and the Bee Gees.

  20. Evening bhoys, cool but still hun free



    Just had the most delicious home cooked beef madras with a sweet and creamy chicken korma, and the rice which was cooked in the microwave by my own fair hands was delish, I am such a lucky man.



    Washing it down with a 2008 vino de la Tierra de Castilla, called Calle Mayor, quite nice if I may say, another Aldi special.

  21. Lionsroar67,



    If they all were as defiant as you then I don’t suppose they do.



    But do they walk about thinking the law courts, the police,the politicians are giving me a fair crack of the whip ? Or are they having to attend democratic meetings on Saturdays ?



    Most tims aspire to improve things for their fellow man. Especially their family and children’s life experience.



    Being contented with your life because the threat of imminent violence is not in the air is not enough for some tims but it is for most hibs I have spoken too about it.




  22. Kilbowie Kelt



    Please give the rest of us a break regards your ongoing dislike of Kojo.



    It is now boring in the extreme.



    You don’t like him. So what?

  23. Sadly, or happily, depending on your perspective, WE are not going back ANYWHERE.


    We are now, for the most part, very happy to live in this lovely land to which our parents came, driven by poverty & hardship.


    We were lucky. We found a place equally beautiful to the land that circumstances drove us from.


    We have been treated harshly, but we have now established ourselves in our new home. We have risen in two or three generations from being unskilled labour to DOMINATING the professions of our new home.


    We have enhanced ,..& been enhanced.


    We are living at a time when the reactionary forces who tried to hold us back have been reduced to a faltering remnant.


    We brought a fresh talent to our already talented new home.


    Pay no attention to the Neanderthals.



  24. Celtic Tom


    your link is too long mind and us the link creator (on the site)



    Further to the sun journalist? He must have some contacts to keep coming up with exclusives, especially the plod


    who reported the fans? Suppose we could email him?



    Celtic: We will crush IRA chants




    Published: 15 Oct 2011


    CELTIC yesterday vowed to hammer fans if they sing pro-IRA chants at games.


    Hoops chief executive Peter Lawwell said the club will weed out supporters who belt out tunes “glorifying” the terror group as he waged war on footy bigots.



    Lawwell pledged to get tough after Bhoys followers were alleged to have sang offensive anthems during the 2-0 defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle earlier this month.



    And he told the Parkhead club’s AGM they have the backing of the majority of decent fans.



    He said: “It is an embarrassment to the club and embarrassment to the majority of supporters. It is wrong.



    “Chants glorifying the Provisional IRA are totally unacceptable.



    “We were inundated by complaints from our own fans after the game at Tynecastle.



    “We’ve dealt with it at Celtic Park and we will do all we can to make sure it doesn’t happen home or away. We don’t want it, we don’t need it.



    “We have the best supporters in the world and hold that reputation dear.”



    The clampdown was backed by anti-sectarian group Nil by Mouth, who urged the club to ban fans if they are caught singing IRA chants.



    This is not the first time the Parkhead club have tried to crack down on the controversial anthems.



    Last May Celtic boss Neil Lennon — an alleged target for extremists — warned fans to cut it out.



    And legendary Hoops gaffer Jock Stein once leapt onto the terracing to confront supporters for revelling in the Irish rebel songs.



    Stein blasted fans during a cup tie against Stirling Albion in the 1970s — played at the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.



    He told them there was no place for them at the club and to cut out the songs — even though many Celtic fans have links to Ireland.



    In 2002 then club chief executive Ian McLeod wrote to more than 50,000 Celtic season ticket holders asking for an end to the singing of the rebel anthems.



    The move came after chanting by some Hoops fans during a minute’s silence for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.



    Last week Lothian and Borders Police confirmed that they had launched an investigation into allegations of sectarian and abusive chanting during Celtic’s SPL defeat by Hearts on October 2.



    Hoops yobs were accused of singing pro-IRA anthems as Jambos rivals belted out anti-Catholic tunes.



  25. Kilbowie Kelt says:


    13 November, 2011 at 19:34



    ‘We have risen in two or three generations from being unskilled labour to DOMINATING the professions of our new home.’




    That’s incorrect.

  26. On Paul 67 ‘s article, it’s amazing to think that Redknapp and Mandaric have been targeted by the dhim biased mhedia

  27. Fellas


    Not trying to provoke a debate but would like to know, is ‘Roll Of Honour’ offensive?


    I heard it on the telly during the Rennes game and thought it was the only song that could be picked apart line by line.

  28. Mick



    That’s some piece of writing, my dislexic dug could do better than that, what I can’t work out is how come Lenny is only an alleged target, did he not reveive bombs and bullits ?



    If that’s the standard of the juro’s at the sun dearie me.

  29. The Singing Detective on

    Interesting that Zbyszek mentions that the two hundred Germans arrested for rioting in Poland belonged to the nefarious ANTIFA thuggery.



    Our good old reliable Al-Beeb has been widely reporting that those Germans arrested were Far-Right Neo-Nazis.



    Troubling that one has to watch the Russia Today satellite channel for an objective view of what goes on in our fast-declining Sceptred Isles.

  30. Lardo66 says:


    13 November, 2011 at 19:43



    What in particular is offensive about “Roll of Honour” ?

  31. I love the way members of Jeffrey Donaldson’s community will despise the pope yet insist the queen is the leader of a church, her being all christian and that; accumulating all that wealth, land and status for herself and close family members and making sure it stays that way. I’ll keep reading the gospels to find where it says that.

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